This information was updated on January 25, 2021
For more information about Doylestown Health's vaccine distribution, please call 215.489.7426
Vaccine availability in our region is determined by state allocations and is well short of the amount required to vaccinate all who meet the newly expanded 1A Phase of distribution.
Currently, there is an absence of public sites to receive the vaccination, placing the burden of vaccination in Bucks County on the county’s hospitals with their limited supply and resources.
Allocations to Doylestown Health are determined on a week-by-week basis by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and fall far short of the public’s interest in receiving it.
Doylestown Health’s priority is to vaccinate as many appropriate persons in the current 1A Phase as supply and resources allow. To accomplish this, Doylestown Health physician practices (primary care and specialists) are in the process of contacting their patients who are the sickest and at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19 to meet the most immediate demand for vaccine.
There is considerable behind-the-scenes documentation to register each person who receives the vaccine. That information for patients of Doylestown Health is readily accessible and electronically transferred to the state to complete the registration process accurately and efficiently.
Community members who do not have a Doylestown Health primary care or specialist physician may visit the Bucks County Department of Health website for additional information. Doylestown Health will expand access to all members of the community as supply and resources allow.
Please be patient. There is currently not enough vaccine for all who want it. The current vaccines require two doses for highest efficacy, creating twice the work to fully vaccinate an individual.
Be safe. Wear a facemask. Practice social distancing. Wash hands often. These practices are effective.
COVID-19 Vaccinations inquiries must go through your Doylestown Health Physician.
Doylestown Health Patients:
Your Doylestown Health primary care provider will contact you as the vaccine becomes available. As a patient of Doylestown Health, your medical and demographic information is electronically accessible to complete your registration when the vaccine is available to you.
Who Gets the Vaccine, and When
The CDC issued recommendations for the administration of the limited supply of vaccine, and the PA Department of
Health issued guidelines for distribution in the commonwealth that will take place over the coming months.
Here is an abbreviated overview of the guidance:
- People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities, and persons receiving home and
- First responders
- Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
- Food and agricultural workers
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Grocery store workers
- Education workers
- Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
- Public transit workers
- Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs
Essential workers in these sectors:
- Transportation and logistics
- Water and wastewater
- Food service
- Housing construction
- Finance, including bank tellers
- Information technology
- Energy, including nuclear reactors
- Legal services
- Federal, state, county and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and
members of the judiciary and their staff
- Public safety
- Public health workers
All individuals not previously covered who are 16 and older and do not have a contraindication to the vaccine. Note:
At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech product is approved for those age 16 and 17.
- All persons of any age not previously vaccinated.
Community Members without a Doylestown Health Physician:
Please register your interest on the Bucks County Department of Health website. Registration for those not in the Doylestown Health network requires the manual entry of medical and demographic information. Doylestown Health does not have capacity to register those outside our network at this time.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health expanded its 1A Phase for vaccine distribution on Jan. 19 to include persons
over the age of 65 and younger persons with high-risk conditions – in addition to the healthcare workers included in
the initial guidelines. See new 1A Phase list below.
The expanded 1A Phase includes many more individuals than the amount of available vaccine and the resources
necessary to administer the vaccine.
Doylestown Health is vigorously attempting to meet the needs of the community; however, interest far exceeds
current supply of vaccine and resources.
The current vaccines available require two doses, either 21 days (Pfizer-BioNTech) or 28 days (Moderna)
Please be patient and continue to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and wash your hand
Phase 1A as of Jan. 19
- Long-term care facility residents
- Health care personnel including, but not limited to:
- Emergency medical service personnel
- Nursing assistants
- Dental hygienists
- Pharmacy technicians
- Health professions students and trainees
- Direct support professionals
- Clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities
- Contractual HCP not directly employed by the health care facility
- Persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit
disease among or from health care personnel and patients
- Persons ages 65 and older
- Persons ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow
transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
See also the PA Department of Health
What's taking so long?
There is limited supply of vaccine as allocated by the Department of Health to specific facilities such as hospitals,
and the resources necessary to vaccinate people are also finite.
Unlike the one-shot flu vaccine, the first two COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the U.S. require two doses. The
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has two doses 21 days apart; the Moderna vaccine has two doses 28 days apart.
It is critical that the two doses are delivered at the appropriate interval to be effective. Additionally, all who
receive the vaccine must be registered as a patient, provide demographic information, and secure a date and time for the
second dose. These rolling vaccination schedules require extensive behind-the-scenes work to ensure all who receive the
vaccines are protected.
Why is there variation in vaccine distribution throughout the U.S.?
Every state in the U.S. determines its vaccine distribution guidelines based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Doylestown Health closely follows the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.
How long will it take to vaccinate everyone?
It is too early to predict; however, as more vaccines are approved in the U.S. (another five are in the pipeline), there
will be more availability. There will continue to be obstacles due to the logistics of offering two doses of vaccine (one
potential vaccine candidate requires only one dose) to 330 million residents of the U.S.
Where can I find more information?
Pennsylvania Department of Health
County Department of Health
Montgomery County Department of Health